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Cat Power — The Greatest
Album: The Greatest
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Released: 2006
Length: 3:17
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Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could stall me
And then came the rush of the flood
Stars at night turned deep to dust

Melt me down
Into big black armour
Leave no trace of grace
Just in your honor
Lower me down
To culprit south
Make 'em wash a space in town
For the lead
And the dregs of my bed
I've been sleeping
Lower me down
Pin me in
Secure the grounds
For the later parade

Once I wanted to be the greatest
Two fists of solid rock
With brains that could explain
Any feeling

Lower me down
Pin me in
Secure the grounds
For the lead
And the dregs of my bed
I've been sleeping
For the later parade

Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could stall me
And then came the rush of the flood
The stars at night turned deep to dust
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mai sentita prima d'ora questa artista né la sua musica ma devo dire che molto OK - bella da ascoltare - piena di suggestioni
This whole album is a treat.  Great backing band and Chan's smoky vocals.  
Music to dream to, you mean?
The organ-like sound reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd (just the sound, not the music)
Thanks Bill :-)
Music to sleep to, wake me up when it's over.{#Sleep}
 Dave_Mack wrote:
It's a pretty song, and I like Cat Power, but I just can't not think about "Moon River" when that riff shows up. It just IS "Moon River" for me, and spoils the moment.
 
My sentiments exactly.


I love this lady's voice.
My cat sleeps 18 hours a day, easily, and much more exposure to this sort of languid somnolent ho-hummery and I'll be joining her {#Sleep}
midreaming wrote:
i would stop in the middle of a busy crosswalk to hear this woman sing
 
"Truman, I'd gladly walk in front of traffic for you"...
Perfectly paced, a gem of a song.
I thought this was Rachael Yamagata......
 supremo wrote:
I'm grateful for RP for a lot of reasons.  One of them being for introducing me to Cat Power's music.
 

Agreed, just not getting this on old school radio . . .
 vit wrote:
Did somebody castrate Ray Lamontagne?

 
I heard Ray too! {#High-five}
I'm grateful for RP for a lot of reasons.  One of them being for introducing me to Cat Power's music.
I've enjoyed some of her previous stuff quite a lot...but this is just awful.
And yes she needs to take a shower.
 reverber wrote:
...comin' on like a great lost track from Big Star's 3rd Album (aka "Sister Lovers"). Cody
 
yeah, I can see where you're coming from with that.   Maybe not quite so anguished tho' - 
That is a "most excellent" song
 vit wrote:
Did somebody castrate Ray Lamontagne?

 
{#Lol}{#Lol}{#Lol}{#Lol}
Did somebody castrate Ray Lamontagne?

 justin4kick wrote:
It took her 10 seconds to seduce me to buy this CD. What a heavenly voice.
 
Uh-huh

The Greatest?  Greatest female Coldplay-Trouble imitation maybe.

you said it gal
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Not good, a 3 at best
 
You are being WAY too generous.  1.

oh yeah
Oh, wow, my, how nice it is, coming after Neil Finn, Roy Orbison, and others...Keep the sturm und drang voice-angst mind exchange loop flowing, Bill — keep that glorious tap turned on...getting some nice writing done today, and catching up with a gal that has a major play in my destiny, far away but not for long forever...
and how appropriate it is that Tunnel of Love is about to croon from the speaker towers? Some days you are just SO INCREDIBLY ON, Mister and Misses RP! Rock it, and The Big Wheel Keep on Turnin', Neon Burnin' Up Above... — love it!


It took her 10 seconds to seduce me to buy this CD. What a heavenly voice.
wrangler wrote:
the greatest....overrated disc of the last couple years
So say you. Every time I listen to the album it amazes me and kicks may ass - again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again...
the greatest....overrated disc of the last couple years
If this is an homage to Cassius Clay I like it.
She basically did, for a few years, but she's back in action. bokey wrote:
Dude, she looks like she lives on fried meat and soda and is allergic to soap.
Jillfly wrote:
Cat Power is... the greatest. Love, love, love her.
You beat me to it. I was just thinking about putting this CD on and looks what comes on RP! Magic is in the airwaves!
Just discovered something fantastic and it has Cat Power. What a great staion to uncover a treasure trove of awesome talent song after great song. Thanks
Cat Power is... the greatest. Love, love, love her.
I love her
...comin' on like a great lost track from Big Star's 3rd Album (aka "Sister Lovers"). Cody
kazoo wrote:
Sounds like an instrumental piece from Surfacing by Sarah McLachlan called Last Dance.
I really like this song - sounds like 'Moon River' in bits?
Not good, a 3 at best
cypress wrote:
Oh my god where do I recognize that piano music from. That exact music is in another song!
Sounds like an instrumental piece from Surfacing by Sarah McLachlan called Last Dance.
Yep
great song, grows on you!
miahfost wrote:
Dude, she is totally hot.
I reckon ... ... the greatest!
bokey wrote:
Dude, she looks like she lives on fried meat and soda and is allergic to soap.
LOL!!!
miahfost wrote:
Dude, she is totally hot.
Dude, she looks like she lives on fried meat and soda and is allergic to soap.
spacemoose wrote:
As long as she has less than 30% body fat, I want to sleep with the singer... I might even go as high as 35% if she sings during sex...
Dude, she is totally hot.
bokey wrote:
And I thought the last song was annoying.
It was!! At least this one was short ;)
Another grating, irritating voice...i'm goin' to KEXP until this wave of mediocrity is over...
She asked the audience for a cig and my friend who is a huge fan went up and gave her one a couple years ago.
For some reason, thought Bill was seguing in Regina Spekter. Was hoping to hell that wasn't true. And it isn't. Good for Regina.
This sounds soooo sweet after that Joanna Newsom song.
And I thought the last song was annoying.
This song rates a 7 primarily based on the fantastic album cover.
spacemoose wrote:
As long as she has less than 30% body fat, I want to sleep with the singer... I might even go as high as 35% if she sings during sex...
I've been listening to RP and reading comments all day (baby, it's cold outside). Gotta say this is the only one that made me laugh out loud. Thanks spacemoose.
not sad just draggy
Moon River...
Don't know why, but that's really really funny right now!
Cat Power is really starting to grow on me. A couple of months ago I passed up some free tickets to see her perform and now I'm regretting it.
i saw her in '95, had a bad case of stage fright that nite. opened for liz phair in NYC.
My cat has a LOT more power than this slow, sleepy song...
sexy sultry little kitty she....
woo hoo! Long live the Powers!!!
Decent, like the vocals...
Love this song!
Moon River...
cypress wrote:
Oh my god where do I recognize that piano music from. That exact music is in another song!
Kinda like that Halleluja song? The one in Shrek?
Piano intro echoes Imagine.
Oh my god where do I recognize that piano music from. That exact music is in another song!
jtdiver wrote:
the best song on a so-so album.
I have to agree, but I do love this song. Another one I love from her: Maybe Not.
ploafmaster wrote:
she doesn't articulate every other syllable with the insipid "h" sound...
You mean like Bono? I agree. I think she has a really honest, unfussy sound. She's really feelin' it!
Art_Carnage wrote:
Sounds a lot like Beth Orton. That's not a bad thing.
Except she doesn't articulate every other syllable with the insipid "h" sound... That's a very good thing.
amare la voce, detestare la canzone. me mette per dormirezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
spacemoose wrote:
As long as she has less than 30% body fat, I want to sleep with the singer... I might even go as high as 35% if she sings during sex...
I think you stand a good chance on your specifications: But, to bob789's point, there are other specifications missing from this request. To be honest, this is far better than I'd have expected from a group called Cat Power. Certainly likeable, anyway.
Sounds a lot like Beth Orton. That's not a bad thing.
the best song on a so-so album.
For the first 1/2 note, I thought Lennon, but I guess Cat Power works too.
My faith had been sleeping For the later parade Once I wanted to be the greatest No wind or water fall could stop me And then came the rush of the flood The stars at night turned you to dust I'm waking... waterfalls have that affect on me.
6 months on Radio Paradise and still The Greatest!
for fear of repeating myself , i love this ...mmm..
spacemoose wrote:
As long as she has less than 30% body fat, I want to sleep with the singer... I might even go as high as 35% if she sings during sex...
Google around, she fits your specs and is quite cute. She may have requirements regarding YOUR body fat percentage, however.
flyfree wrote:
Terrible diction, beautiful song and sentiment.
Can't teach soul
As long as she has less than 30% body fat, I want to sleep with the singer... I might even go as high as 35% if she sings during sex...
Piano feel echoes Imagine.
That cover makes me think of cats wearing little boxing gloves... Click
babygirl614 wrote:
This gal should get some caffeine.
Some caffeine and a purpose would be great. Listening to this song I get the feeling that she just doesn't have any desire to be in the studio recording it. That-- and she only got 2 hours of sleep the night before.
Trustocity wrote:
Diction? Seriously? Diction can mean two things - how the word (sentence component) is formed and expelled, and how the notes tied to that note are formed and expelled. Her musical diction is superior and flawless, and I find her word diction charming in its colloquialism. So, uh, basically, I nearly agree with you. Crud.
Ha! Love this. Not a recovering English major, by chance?
Purrfect!
flyfree wrote:
Terrible diction, beautiful song and sentiment.
Diction? Seriously? Diction can mean two things - how the word (sentence component) is formed and expelled, and how the notes tied to that note are formed and expelled. Her musical diction is superior and flawless, and I find her word diction charming in its colloquialism. So, uh, basically, I nearly agree with you. Crud.
Terrible diction, beautiful song and sentiment.
designerGirl wrote:
"Moooooon River...." Anyone else hear it?
Heh... that's exactly what I thought for the first four bars or so...
grahamophone wrote:
By the way, is Beth Orton the singer of Cat Power?
Cat Power is mainly one girl. She writes/sings/pianos/guitars her real name is Chan Marshal.
liking the Cat Power
Luna2 wrote:
Sounds like Fiona Apple
Yeah, it does. And I love Fiona Apple so I like this. Except I'm not a fan of the cover art.
Geecheeboy wrote:
BTW I liked this song when it was called "Last Dance" by Sarah McLachlan.
Aw, come on. Sarah's song sounds more like a carousel winding down to let its passengers off. Nevertheless I thought the same thing at the beginning. Consider it fuel for your next mix-tape, Orange Tang, oops, I mean VIENNA TENG, Cat Power, then Sarah McLachlan. By the way, is Beth Orton the singer of Cat Power?
mtreinen wrote:
She sounds like a sick cat.
Cat Power has a great voice!
There is a time and place for this song. Lazy afternnon in a glade, or after midnight with a few friends and a Cabernet. But following Radiohead's High and Dry is not one of them.
revevad1 wrote:
This song actually gives me a headache everytime RP plays it, which seems far too often. I'm being completely honest.
I don't get a headache, but I do feel distinctly sleepy. This gal should get some caffeine.
This song actually gives me a headache everytime RP plays it, which seems far too often. I'm being completely honest.
It's a pretty song, and I like Cat Power, but I just can't not think about "Moon River" when that riff shows up. It just IS "Moon River" for me, and spoils the moment.
She sounds like a sick cat.
She's brilliant. You are wrong. You = wrong She = brilliant This song = so much cooler than you and your friends. AND your friends, I say.
Sobient wrote:
cat power? Is that some kind of environmental friendly fuel?
No, more like cat-barf...
Hmmm, this one's iffy.
Not impressed with this artist.
Great transition to this song from Vienna Teng's Feather Moon
Exactly what I was thinking! ddunne wrote:
Now I know where I've heard this before: The last track of Sarah McLachlan's 1997 release "Surfacing" Track 10, name: "Last Dance"
Almost Norah Jones like singing. I really enjoy this tune!
ldf7 wrote:
Strings melody sounds like "Moon River!" :)
Indeed! Whenever this song begins, I never fail to sing, "Moon, river...."
When this started I thought it was something new by Neil Young.
Strings melody sounds like "Moon River!" :)
TheLoneIguana wrote:
Since cats always land on their feet, and toast always lands butter-side up, you simply strap a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat. The resulting cat-toast-device will, when dropped, hover and spin, producing rotational energy ready to be harnessed. QED.
Cat Diesel engines come to my mind. Strong, high torque, earth moving.. Except for the pink motif. Caterpillar used "cat power" as a slogan for years, on hats and so forth. Maybe that is unintended but another possibility.... BTW I liked this song when it was called "Last Dance" by Sarah McLachlan.
Sobient wrote:
cat power? Is that some kind of environmental friendly fuel?
Since cats always land on their feet, and toast always lands butter-side up, you simply strap a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat. The resulting cat-toast-device will, when dropped, hover and spin, producing rotational energy ready to be harnessed. QED.
What if this is as dull as it gets?
A 7 for the song and a -10 for the front cover "art"
Vogelfrei wrote:
Luna2 wrote:
Ando wrote:
Sounds like Toni Childs.
Sounds like Fiona Apple
Sounds like Holly Golightly
Sounds like Cat Power. Go figure.
it makes me sleepy, in a good way. I like it. soothing and soulful.
Luna2 wrote:
Ando wrote:
Sounds like Toni Childs.
Sounds like Fiona Apple
Sounds like Holly Golightly
From Cat Power, as usual, lovelly, sweet, love that sexy voice ... Oscar
Now I know where I've heard this before: The last track of Sarah McLachlan's 1997 release "Surfacing" Track 10, name: "Last Dance"
Katzeenergie geht zu den Hunden
Ando wrote:
Sounds like Toni Childs.
Sounds like Fiona Apple
Yes, indeed. This is one of the 3 or 4 female vocalists in the world. They all live in an underground studio and make all the female vocal recordings in the world. Everyone else isn't really singing. Except on American Idol. Only $.99 per call. BTW, I'm pretty sure the guy in the next cube is a pod. Come to think of it, they all might be pods. I've gotta go now.
MinMan wrote:
Isn't this a Sarah Mclachlan tune?
I think the beginning of this song sounds exactly like "Last Dance" off of Sarah McLachlan's album Surfacing.
slawjam wrote:
Cat Power is the project of Chan Marshall, originally from the deep South (Georgia), the daughter of a travelling musician, but initiated to music in New York around 1992. Marshall's first collection of original material in a long time, You Are Free completes the ideal trilogy of masterpieces with What Would The Community Think and Moon Pix. Her colloquial tone resonates, more than ever, with the voices of the most haunting and poignant singers of popular music, from Nico to Tim Buckley. The emotional intensity packed by her half whisper in a simple piano-based lullaby such as I Don't Blame You or in a tender country-like mantra such as Half of You is simply harrowing. Not to mention the free-form, mournful trance of Good Woman, that resembles one of Tim Buckley's suspended dirges, or the gloomy portrait of Names, that borders on the suicidal. Regardless of mood, pace and sense, Marshall's songs maintain a delicate and solemn tunefulness
Slawjam;if you don't already you should write music reviews unless your quoting from someone elses material...That was a good discription of Cat Power,which I have never heard of before.Thanks to you I now know more....